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David Baker Lewis

Attorney David Baker Lewis was born on June 9, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan to Dorothy Florence Baker Lewis and Walton Adams Lewis. Lewis attended St. Peter Claver School, Courville Elementary School, Nolan Junior High School and graduated from John J. Pershing High School in 1962. As a business administration student at Oakland University, Lewis spent the summer of 1964 as an intern with Holderbank Financiere Glarus in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1965, Lewis earned his B.A. degree in business administration from Oakland University and later interned at Chicago’s Northern Trust Bank in 1966. In 1965, Lewis obtained his M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was president of the Business Club. In 1967, Lewis enrolled in University of Michigan Law School earning his J.D. degree from there in 1970.

Lewis worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Theodore Levin of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan while teaching for the University of Michigan’s African American Studies Department. In 1971, Lewis joined the law firm of Patmon, Young and Kirk Professional Corporation. He also served as an associate professor of law for the Detroit College of Law from 1972 to 1978. In 1972, Lewis, along with two other black lawyers, formed Lewis, White and Clay (now Lewis & Munday) – a professional corporation. Lewis served as president of the firm from 1972 to 1982 at which time he became chairman of the board. In 2001, Lewis & Munday ranked sixteenth nationally among all bond counsel and twentieth among all underwriter counsel firms in the country. Lewis served as a member of the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board from 1978 to 1983. He has also been a board member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Institute of American Business, the National Association of Securities Professionals, Conrail, Inc., LG&E Corporation, Paradies Metro Ventures, Comerica, Inc., TRW, Inc., M.A. Hanna Company, Fife Electric Co., Lakefront Capitol Advisors, Inc., Lewis and Thompson Agency, Inc., the Detroit Edison Securitization Funding, LLC, Kroger Company, the Police Foundation and H&R Block.

Lewis has been a Fellow of the American Bar Association and a member of the board of trustees of Oakland University, and the Oakland University Foundation. Lewis was awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from both the University of Detroit Mercy in 1991 and Central Michigan University in 2001. In 1995, he received the Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee.

Accession Number

A2007.081

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/9/2007 |and| 10/26/2012

Last Name

Lewis

Maker Category
Marital Status

Widowed

Middle Name

Baker

Occupation
Schools

John J. Pershing High School

St. Peter Claver Elementary School

Courville Elementary School

Nolan Junior High School

Nolan Elementary School

Pershing High School

Oakland University

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

University of Michigan

First Name

David

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

LEW09

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Caribbean

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

6/9/1944

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Cake (Red Velvet)

Short Description

Bond lawyer David Baker Lewis (1944 - ) co-founded the law firm that became Lewis & Munday, LLC.

Employment

Lewis & Munday, A Professional Corporation

Patmon, Young and Kirk Professional Corporation

Detroit College of Law

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Favorite Color

Orange, Yellow

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of David Baker Lewis' interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis describes his mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes his maternal grandfather

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his mother's upbringing

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis recalls his maternal family's history of activism

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis describes his mother's education

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls his maternal grandfather's personal injury lawsuit

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis describes his family's vacations to Idlewild, Michigan

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's family background, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's family background, pt. 2

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's educational background

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis describes his parents' courtship

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis talks about his father's W. A. Lewis Insurance Agency

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes how he takes after his parents

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis remembers his father's entrepreneurialism

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis talks about his half-brother, Robert Lewis

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis describes his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis describes the Conant Gardens neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis recalls segregation in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes his early education

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls his experiences at integrated schools

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers John J. Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis recalls the Civil Rights Movement in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his father's activism in the community

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis describes his early experiences of racial discrimination

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis talks about the Detroit Red Wings

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls the role of religion in his upbringing

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis describes his extracurricular activities

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis recalls his influential teachers

Tape: 3 Story: 11 - David Baker Lewis remembers his high school prom

Tape: 3 Story: 12 - David Baker Lewis recalls aspiring to play football at the University of Michigan

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of David Baker Lewis' interview, pt. 2

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis describes his decision to attend Michigan State University-Oakland

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers his mentors at Michigan State University-Oakland

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis recalls his trip to Zurich, Switzerland

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis recalls his experiences at Michigan State University-Oakland

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis describes his decision to attend the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis remembers receiving the Alfred G. Wilson Award

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis describes his internship at the Northern Trust Corporation

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis talks about his mentors at the University of Chicago

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis recalls his experiences in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis recalls his influences at University of Michigan Law School

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls playing football with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Jr.

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers the riots in Detroit, Michigan in 1967

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes his experience at University of Michigan Law School

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis remembers working at W.A. Lewis Insurance Agency

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis recalls the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis talks about Harold Cruse

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls Carl Stokes' mayoral election in Cleveland, Ohio

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis recalls his involvement in the Black Action Movement, pt. 1

Tape: 5 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis recalls his involvement in the Black Action Movement, pt. 2

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis recalls his decision to join Patmon, Young and Kirk, PC

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls his clerkship for Judge Theodore Levin

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis remembers founding the law firm of Lewis, White, and Clay, PC

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis talks about Judge Damon J. Keith

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his partners at Lewis, White, and Clay, PC

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis recalls his role in Coleman Young's mayoral campaign

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis recalls his early career at Lewis, White, and Clay, PC, pt. 1

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls his early career at Lewis, White, and Clay, PC, pt. 2

Tape: 6 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis remembers trying employment discrimination cases

Tape: 6 Story: 10 - David Baker Lewis describes his litigation on behalf of the City of Detroit

Tape: 7 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes his involvement in the expansion of Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 7 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis recalls his public finance practice in Washington, D.C.

Tape: 7 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis describes the growth of his law firm

Tape: 7 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes the role of his M.B.A. degree in his law career

Tape: 7 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis describes his role on the board of Consolidated Rail Corporation

Tape: 7 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis talks about his corporate board membership

Tape: 7 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis talks about joint M.B.A. degree programs

Tape: 7 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis remembers Coleman Young, pt. 1

Tape: 7 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis remembers Coleman Young, pt. 2

Tape: 8 Story: 1 - David Baker Lewis describes the African American leaders of Detroit, Michigan, pt. 1

Tape: 8 Story: 2 - David Baker Lewis describes the African American leaders of Detroit, Michigan, pt. 2

Tape: 8 Story: 3 - David Baker Lewis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1

Tape: 8 Story: 4 - David Baker Lewis describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2

Tape: 8 Story: 5 - David Baker Lewis reflects upon his life

Tape: 8 Story: 6 - David Baker Lewis reflects upon his legacy

Tape: 8 Story: 7 - David Baker Lewis explains why he did not seek political office

Tape: 8 Story: 8 - David Baker Lewis recalls the influence of his family and coworkers

Tape: 8 Story: 9 - David Baker Lewis describes how he would like to be remembered

DASession

2$2

DATape

6$7

DAStory

4$9

DATitle
David Baker Lewis talks about Judge Damon J. Keith
David Baker Lewis remembers Coleman Young, pt. 2
Transcript
So I just wanted to go back a minute to Judge Keith [HistoryMaker Damon J. Keith] to see if you have any reflections on the services of Judge Keith since he's such an--he's an important figure in Detroit [Michigan].$$Right, right. I can remember while I was clerking for Judge Levin [Theodore Levin], Judge Keith issued one of his famous decisions in the Sinclair [United States v. Sinclair, 1971] case which is a civil rights case that involved a prosecution of radical community organizer. I can remember walking down to Judge Keith's chambers after I heard about or seen the opinion and I said that's a way to ring that liberty bell Judge Keith and he got a big kick out of that. But obviously Judge Keith has been a exemplar of the you know the finest of contributions that a jurist can make to the community. I certainly respect his effort to identify and develop some great talent among the law clerks who work for him, Eric Clay [Eric Lee Clay] was one of them, Jimmy Greiner [D. James Greiner] is a professor at Harvard Law School [Cambridge, Massachusetts]. There's another, there're, there're numerous lawyers here in the community who clerk for Judge Keith and have gone on to you know make their contributions to our community or others over the years and of course the judge himself has been at the, at the forefront and then the vanguard of civil rights practitioners a--from the you know from the, from the bench and bringing the [U.S.] Constitution to a level where it can be said that there is equal justice under law and he's taken some very courageous steps along the way. I can think of the Hamtramck housing decision [Garrett v. City of Hamtramck, 1971], I think it was Hamtramck [Michigan] where he found that there'd been a concerted effort to move African Americans out a particular community for desegregated--desegregating housing in the area to just a numerous decisions including the one involving President Nixon [President Richard Milhous Nixon] and so he has been sort of the beacon in our community for aspirations of civil rights enforcement and civil right vindication under the Constitution.$And he [Coleman Young] was a member of the constitutional convention that redrafted the Michigan Constitution [Constitution of the State of Michigan] in 1963 or '62 [1962] and he knew the Constitution upside down. I mean he had been elected to, to public office by then but he, he was not a casual politician, he was purposeful in everything he did and he was focused on empowerment of his people who had been denied so many ways a place at the table. So he's a great man in my book and working with him you know at a distance initially and closer over the years, it's been a great influence on my life and so its influenced me in a very, very positive way. He had a style about him in terms of empowerment that is almost lost in, in today's world. Of course the world has changed and many of the battles that he fought are no longer the primary battles that have to be fought, but he was very collaborative. He knew how to move on key issues. He wasn't afraid to hear the voice, voices of a number of different people and other leaders and take that cacophonous noise and weave a symphony of of action, positive action to improve the destiny of the city and I think he's certainly to be regarded as a great mayor of the City of Detroit [Michigan] who moved Detroit in the right direction for African Americans although at the same time it created controversy with the greater white community who see him in a very different light. But my, my book he's a great man, a great American.